Story: Musket wars



This is Ngāpuhi rangatira Rangituke (centre) with his wife and son. Painted in 1827, the image illustrates the changes in weaponry at the time. Rangituke holds a taiaha (fighting staff) in his right hand while his son holds a long-barreled musket.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-634
Oil on canvas by Augustus Earle

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Basil Keane, 'Musket wars - Waikato', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012